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Turn on the Switch! Awesome Christmas Light Displays

Now, living in Southeast Asia, my American-born wife misses the cold winter months, especially during Christmas. For her, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without the chilly air and wearing a thick sweater throughout the house.

With myself being Australian, heat during Christmas is normal, but I do miss driving around the neighborhood of my rural town and seeing the Christmas lights on people’s homes. Each home is decorated uniquely and lighted beautifully, no matter how big or small.

Of course, there are a few homes that go the extra mile when it comes to decorating. If you live in Brentry, a suburb of Bristol in the U.K., you get to enjoy the magnificent display of 50,000 Christmas lights decked out at one particular home.

Two brothers, Lee and Paul Brailsford, have been decorating their mom’s home with Christmas lights since 1994, and they’re doing it all for charity, reports The Telegraph.


Their Christmas display this year consists of 15 Santas, 10 reindeer, 10 snowmen, 30 sets of rope lights, 10 sets of twinkling icicles, and a myriad of different light shapes, elves, soldiers, trains, and a life-size nativity set.

It took the brothers six weekends to put the entire display together, and it will be alight for six hours a day for 31 days.

Here’s a local report by George Hancorn about the effort that the brothers made for this year’s display:


The money raised is donated to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Last year, they raised more than£8,000 ($12,000), and hope to raise even more this year.

“The switch-on is a lot of work, but it’s also really exciting. All our friends and family come along to help, and the whole community turns out to see the lights go on,” Lee Brailsford told The Telegraph.

“The reaction when we press the button for the first time makes it all worthwhile.

“We are really proud that it has become such an important part of people’s Christmases, as well as having raised so much money for such a brilliant cause.”

But if you don’t live in the U.K. and by chance live in the U.S., around Newark, California, you may enjoy the Christmas lights displayed at a home on the corner of Lafayette and Ruschin. It’s pretty awesome what this house has done before, and their past displays have been uploaded online.

I don’t know what the lights look like this year, but here’s a video by Tom BetGeorge of a past Christmas lighting display that had a Star Wars musical theme:

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James Burke
What keeps the world ticking? James is always looking for the answer and the latest news from around the globe. When he's not behind his computer, he's basking in the Thailand sun, or dreaming of the southern hemisphere, where he grew up in rural Australia.

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